Squadron Multi-Activity Camp
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By John Michael Scott - 1407 (Newton Aycliffe) Squadron
To celebrate the squadron's 21st birthday 1407 held a multi-activity camp in Teesdale.
On Friday evening the squadron traveled over to the bunk barn at Low Way Farm. After setting up camp and a bowl (or two) of Mrs Lakey's delicious soup there was time for a few stories and games before bed. The cadets showed their imagination with some brilliant storytelling.
Saturday was action packed with a large scale initiative exercise, archery, rounders, volley ball water rockets and other games followed by a barbecue. The burgers and sausages were washed down by squadron birthday cake. As darkness fell it was time for 'campfire' games. After Jumbo the acrobatic elephant's little accident, a number 3 engine fire and a gone-wrong game of blow football most of the squadron were drenched so there was just time for hot chocolate and marshmallows before bed.
After a quick play at being acrobats on a squadron tight rope circle (including several cadets being squashed by the CO!), Sunday was dedicated to w short walk taking in the sights of Low Force and Gibson's Cave. A pleasant stroll (or arduous climb) up the slopes behind Newbiggin afforded spectacular views over Teesdale; the sight of an incredibly memorable weekend for 1407.
We would like to thank 234 (City of Durham) for the loan of their archery kit - hopefully we'll have our own soon. Enormous thanks must also go to Aycliffe Youth Council whose kind donation made the camp so affordable.
For more information please visit the Squadron website